Plate Conditioner

Remove and repair surface defects in steel plates.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $41,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Plate Conditioners do?

Removes and repairs surface defects in steel plates, using hammer and chisel, portable power grinder, and arc welding machine: Determines method required for reconditioning plate based upon examination of plate or following instructions of supervisory personnel. Chips out rolled-in scale from plate, using hammer and chisel, or grinds overfills to plate level, using portable electric grinder. Fills in depressions or chipped out areas of plate, using arc welding machine. Brushes welded area to remove flux, using wire brush, and grinds filled in area to remove excess metal and to smooth plate, using portable electric grinder. Reworks plate to meet standards as directed by inspection personnel. Stamps or marks identification on plate, using steel dies, hammer, or chalk. Attaches sling to plate and crane hook and signals worker operating crane to lift and position plate on or remove plate from workbench.


Should I be a Plate Conditioner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Plate Conditioner

    Most Plate Conditioners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaoaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2819%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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